State governments in Australia are scrambling to revive their pandemic-ravaged tourism sectors.
A latest initiative in Western Australia, which encourages locals to venture out with A$200 (US$154) discounts, is being offered at up to 80 city hotels.
As part of Tourism WA's Stay, Play and Save mid-week promotion, locals can receive the discount when spending A$400, on a minimum two-night hotel stay, Sunday to Thursday.
New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria are also luring residents to take a break in a bid to get their economies moving again.
NSW will pay up to A$100 per person for meals, movies, zoo visits and more, while Victoria is offering A$200 to help cover the cost of regional holidays.
Latest STR data shows Melbourne’s hotel occupancy rate was 40.9% in December 2020, a fall of 48.3% compared with December 2019. This was the highest occupancy figure since March 2020, helped by weekend leisure demand.
In other news Down Under, Australia has suspended its travel bubble with New Zealand after a traveller returning to New Zealand tested positive to the South African strain of Covid-19.
Kiwis have been told to reconsider any travel to Australia until Thursday at least, with new arrivals to be forced into standard hotel quarantine.